Jacob Marshall, multi-sensory artist and founding member of MAE, speaks with Florrie Marshall about the human experience of beauty and how it drives his creation of new artistic encounters for his audiences.
Jacob is a creator and connector whose focus is on the future of culture. He created a degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College at Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Aesthetic Theory. Jacob went on to create the acclaimed rock band MAE (Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience) inspired by his funded research. He has sold over 500,000 records worldwide and performed over 1600 concerts on 5 continents.
He worked to help launch the Global Citizen Festival which brought 60,000 music fans to New York's Central Park on September 29th, 2012. The festival leveraged $1.3 billion in new commitments to the world's poor and became the largest charity concert broadcast in history with a confirmed number of impressions surpassing 2 billion.
Jacob serves as a member of the advisory board for Future of Story Telling (FoST) where he launched and leads the social impact initiative "FoST for Good" in partnership with HP and Facebook. He also served for 5 years as the Cultural Curator for the Wedgwood Circle Institute, as an artist mentor at the New Museum's Art + Tech incubator NEWINC.
He also recently conceived, produced and performed the world’s first large scale collective virtual reality concert experience from inside Jerusalem’s 3000 year-old Tower of David for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit.
Part I | How we experience beauty
Part II-A | Art for the whole body
Part II-B | Dynamics of a live audience
Part III | Human connection through art
Part IV | Expanding the "fourth wall"
Part VII | Power of audiences as collaborators
Part VIII | Art as impetus for social change